Nurses Notes: By Marie D Corbin, R-DMTc, BSN, RN,
Perceive it, Then Receive it’
In today’s fast paced, technological world it is not enough to just rely on others to define who you are. 21st century relationships are played out in Social Media, Reality TV and how you are perceived on the internet. I ask you, with all the white noise how can you step into who you really are especially if you are young?
As I sat down to write this, I am reminded of a story posted to Facebook this morning by an associate of mine “(11) year old committed suicide because he was teased on a social media site”. It so touched my heart since I too lost my daughter to that kind of inner pain and conflict. The first comment that came to mind is how “we still aren’t reaching our kids when it comes to mental health” but as I contiued to ponder,
the post also reminded me of the story of Jabez’s Prayer from 1 Chronicle 4:10 in the King James Version. I will paraphrase the very short prayer. In the story, Jabez’s name literally means ‘pain’ so he was identified as a baby with a name that he felt didn’t define who he really was spiritually and physically. Jabez prayed for God to redefine who he wanted to become and who he knew God saw him as, he knew God could bless him to become more than his birth name. This touched me, as it does relate to how in today’s world we interact with others, as well as how we inwardly see ourselves.
Have you ever done that? Asked your higher power to redefine you because you knew you could be more than someone defined you as? I have many times. I believe all of us has Perceived Potential and our Actual Potential”. I challenge to you to ask for and act on your actual potential rather than your perceived potential!
Practicing this kind of “Actual Perceptions” mentality, you can create a new sense of who you are and who you were meant to be, a person with limitless boundaries on what you can achieve and what you can recieve.
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